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In Waves

Dungo’s website states that In Waves is his first graphic novel, but I had figured that out halfway through reading it. The notable ambition, the heft of the book, the autobiographical touches, the adventurous layouts and double-page spreads all suggest … Continue reading


Alien 3: The Unproduced Screenplay

Alien 3 has a certain reputation with different groups — to David Fincher, it was a nightmare first production for the enfant terrible director, one he has since refused to be associated with because the studio will not restore his … Continue reading


Expelling My Truth

For the last few years, Van Deusen has steadily produced a stream of well-crafted comics which are increasingly adept at inducing guffaws, snickers, and snorts. His latest, Expelling My Truth, from Kilgore Books, is another noteworthy clown-shoed stride in that direction. Continue reading


What Is Left

Often, when the work of an emerging cartoonist starts to gain attention, it is useful to consider their most recent work prior to their breakthrough comic. Rosemary Valero-O’Connell is not only gaining praise for illustrating the Mariko Tamaki-written YA book … Continue reading


White Bird: A Wonder Story

Let’s start this off with some context: I haven’t read Wonder, R.J. Palacio’s best-selling YA novel about a kid with a facial deformity, nor have I seen the movie it was adapted into. I did go and read a few … Continue reading


The Secret Voice: Vol. 1

So let’s grill some hash on the subject of The Secret Voice Volume One, a comic of my recent acquaintance by Zack Soto. It is published by Floating World Comics, and although I can’t remember if I’ve ever laid my … Continue reading


Internet Crusader

Ghosts, Etc., George Wylesol’s 2017 debut, established Wyelsol as a cartoonist of bold choices and intense preoccupations. Wylesol varies his approach across this collection’s three stories, but a kind of comics hauntology begins to emerge—the past is inescapable, and the … Continue reading


Blue Lives

Comics and cops are, let’s face it, a pretty gross combination. In his brilliant essay “The Gentrification of Crime”, Luc Sante traces a specific cultural divergence between “detective fiction” – where the protagonist may have a diffident or even adversarial … Continue reading